Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hello, Readers, my name is Mary and I'm from Ireland. I have been writing ever since my four children were small and getting in to mischief. As they grew up, my writing time was limited so it took a back seat. Since I love crafting, I gave my spare time to that until now that they are adults, I could devote my time to writing once more. My Husband's Sin is my first novel, it grew from a short story I started and kept growing! I have also written three novellas, two of them based in the American 1800's and the other a contemporary story for adults. I also have a collection of short stories published. In the past few years I delved in to play-writing and have seen some of my work performed.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is a novella titled, Destiny. It is set in the 18oo's in America. A western romance, where the two main characters, from different cultures meet and find the attraction to each other too hard to ignore.
I wrote this as I like to challenge my writing by delving in to different genres. I had previously written another western style novella and so enjoyed it that it encouraged me to give it another go. I also love reading about life in that time.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Unusual? Mmmm… I don't think so. I like to believe I write each day but life gets in the way and at times, the best I can do is think about the story I'm writing. I like to leave the house to write when I do get down to the task. No distractions that way, no "Mum where's my shirt? What time is dinner?"
What authors, or books have influenced you?
No particular author or book has influenced me to become a writer. Although I love reading, I don't have a set genre to read. I read most anything.
What are you working on now?
I am presently working on the sequel to my novel, My Husband's Sin. Readers through their reviews requested a sequel, so I aim to please. It takes up life for Lacey and how it turns out after she completes the task she sets herself in the first novel.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
For promotion, I use sites like this, My Book Place and also on Facebook through my author page.
I would love to do readings/talks on writing and my books but Ireland is a small pond, so limited opportunities. So I'm open to invitations for overseas, okay lovely people!!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Stick with it. When new to writing, authors think if they are traditionally published they have less marketing to do rather than if they are self-published. This is not true. I am both traditionally and self-published and the marketing is the same, all hard work. But if you put in the hard work it does pay off. Plus I wish all new writers the very best of luck and enjoy your time writing. Do not be afraid to pat yourself on the back when you complete a story, it is a wonderful achievement.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
When you have completed a story, set it aside for some time, definitely a minimum of a week or two. Then go back with fresh eyes to edit.
What are you reading now?
At present I am reading Klaus: Defender of Children by Earl Chessher. It tells the story of how the man in the red suit came to be, a wonderfully different take on a Christmas story. I like to read less known authors that are recommended to me by friends. It has really opened my eyes to the great reads that are out there.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Wow, a good question. I aim to continue writing and make it on to a best-seller list sometime. Plus develop my writing skills through my books and play-writing and continue to challenge myself in writing stories that I enjoy sharing with others.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I have two. An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan and the other is The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry. Both are Irish writers.
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Mary T Bradford Website